House II: The Second Story (1987)

The 1987 horror sequel, “House II: The Second Story” was, like the original film, shot primarily in Southern California. This time the setting was a property known as the Stimson House, located near Mt. Saint Mary’s University.

The same house was featured in the film “After Midnight,” as well as such TV series as “Mad Men,” “Pushing Daises,” “The Bionic Woman” and more.

LOCATION: 2421 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Western scene was filmed at Paramount Ranch. Unfortunately in November 2018, the ranch fell victim to wildfires and nearly every building was burnt to the ground.  However, plans have been announced to rebuild the sets.

LOCATION: 2903 Cornell Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 (now demolished)

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Species (1995)

The 1995 sci-fi film “Species” was filmed in Utah, Southern California and Puerto Rico. Early in the film, after escaping from a science lab, the half-human, half-alien Sil, played by Natasha Henstridge, arrives by train into Los Angeles at Union Station.

LOCATION: 800 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Union Station has been seen in countless films, such as “Blade Runner,” “Catch Me If You Can,” “The Dark Knight Rises” and many more.

Xavier Fitch, played by Ben Kingsley, assembles a team to find Sil. They set up operations at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  They first arrive at this alley entrance facing S Olive St.  The same alley can be seen in the film “Chinatown.” There is a gate here blocking entrance into the alley, so it’s a bit tricky getting a photo.

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LOCATION: Alley between 523 / 525 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA, 90013

They are seen entering the lobby of the Millennium Biltmore, which has been featured in dozens of films, such as “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Independence Day” and many more.

LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

The team is later seen leaving from this side of the hotel facing S Grand Ave. The same area can be seen in the films “Seven,” “A Star Is Born” and more.

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LOCATION: 530 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Sil gets a hotel room at this hotel in West Hollywood.

LOCATION: 7212 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

The club Sil heads to in search of a man is actually the lobby of the famous Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, which was heavily dressed to appear like a club. The “entrance” seen in the film is the back of the building. The theater has likewise appeared in such films as “Ed Wood,” “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood,” “The Aviator,” “The Bodyguard,” “Batman Forever” and many more.

LOCATION: 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Looking to mate with a human partner as soon as possible, Sil aggressively picks up a man at the club and heads back to his place. After detecting he is a diabetic, she determines he’s not a suitable partner.

LOCATION: 1500 Blue Jay Way, Los Angeles, CA 90069

After getting into an accident, Sil meets another man she quickly tries to seduce. Just as she is about to have sex with him at his house, Preston and Laura, played by Michael Madsen and Marg Helgenberger respectively, catch up to her at the home, located in Pacific Palisades.

LOCATION: 14458 Rustic Creek Ln, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

After Sil escapes, she returns back to the home in a car to observe Xavier Fitch’s team investigating the scene. This is a bit of movie magic as the road actually dead ends just a couple houses down into a cul-de-sac, so Sil would not have been able to approach the home from this direction. The team is seen driving past her vehicle, which in reality, they’d likewise be driving straight into the dead end.

Mysterious Skin (2004)

The 2004 drama “Mysterious Skin,” while set in the town of Hutchinson, Kansas, like most films by Gregg Araki, it was actually filmed in Southern California, primarily around the San Fernando Valley.

Early in the film, a young boy, Neil, is taken by his mother, played by Elizabeth Shue, to a little league baseball field back in the early 1980s. These scenes were filmed at Balboa Park in Encino. Its a fairly large park and it shows up in numerous scenes throughout the film, so we’ll attempt to identify where inside the park different scenes take place. Young Neil first sees the coach at the baseball fields. The field used in the scene is nearest to the basketball courts, with GPS coordinates around 34.174865, -118.504439.

LOCATION: Balboa Park, Encino, CA 91316 (nearest address is 17015 Burbank Blvd, Encino, CA 91316)

A teenage Neil, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hustles at the playground of the same park. It has since been remodeled some. The GPS coordinates are around 34.173486, -118.505016.

Later in the film, as Neil walks away from this building to catch a ride, he shouts that he is sick of his town. This too was shot at Balboa Park, at the parking lot near the soccer fields. The GPS coordinates are around 34.176277, -118.504659.

This house is seen as a young Neil goes trick or treating in 1983.  The same house can be seen in “Kill Bill” and the 2003 “Project Greenlight” film, “The Battle Of Shaker Heights.”

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LOCATION: 5500 Atlas St, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Neil’s house can be found in Reseda.

LOCATION: 19220 Ingomar St, Reseda, CA 91335

Neil stands outside of his former coach’s house in the middle of the night, which can be found in Northridge.

LOCATION: 8417 Shirley Ave, Northridge, CA 91324

Robocop (2014)

In the 2014 remake of “Robocop,” police officers drive this Taurus Cruiser. The vehicle could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

They Live (1988)

The John Carpenter classic “They Live,” starring Roddy Piper, was filmed in Los Angeles, California. Most of the film was shot around Downtown. The train tracks where Nada, played by Piper, first arrives can be found near the Spring Street Bridge. This is about the closest view possible. To get to this area, head down Aurora St until it dead ends at N Spring St. There is a short walkway there, before you reach a fence and can proceed no further. This is a view through the fencing toward the tracks.

LOCATION: Next to 1745 N Spring S, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (where Aurora St dead ends at N Spring St)

Here is the view of Nada walking toward the city, with the Downtown skyline on the horizon. A tip for anyone looking to visit, this is located very close to the above location at the rail tracks and you can quickly walk to both. Public parking near the Los Angeles State Historic Park is available along Baker St, which sits right between the two locations.

LOCATION: Near the intersection of N Spring St / Mesnagers St Los Angeles, CA 90012

As Nada heads into the city, he is seen walking along S Grand Ave. This same spot is seen in the film “Speed.”

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LOCATION: Near the intersection of Hope Pl / S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (facing towards W 5th St)

The former construction site where Nada seeks work has been completely developed since filming and no longer has any resemblance to how it appeared in the film. The area could be found near 333 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Nada encounters Frank, played by Keith David, at a shantytown in the middle of the city. The area is now a soccer field. The church and the entire section of road where it was located were removed entirely due to redevelopment. Today, the only remnants of filming are a couple of the buildings in the background, which still align.

LOCATION: 1138 W Court St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Here is the location of the Obey sign subliminal message, only visible through special sunglasses Nada finds. The famous artist Shepard Fairey drew inspiration from the film for his “Obey Giant” street art.

LOCATION: 631 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Here is the location of the “Marry and reproduce” sign.

LOCATION: 530 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Here is the view of the city where Nada can see subliminal message signs everywhere. The location is on 1st St in Downtown Los Angeles, overlooking S Figueroa St. The “No thought” building on the right is the back view of the apartment of Edward Norton’s character in “Fight Club.”

LOCATION: Between 880 – 900 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (GPS coordinates: 34.057739, -118.252016 on 1st St, overlooking S Figueroa St)

Nada sees an alien reading at a newsstand at this location.

LOCATION: 640 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Nada sees another alien fixing her hair at this location.

LOCATION: 716 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

This is the market where a woman calls upon authorities to capture Nada.

LOCATION: 1216 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Nada visits the home of Holly, played by Meg Foster, where he unsuccessfully tries to get her to where sunglasses to see the hidden messages.

LOCATION: 8634 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

This alley, known as Mercury Ct, is where the famous fight breaks out between Nada and Frank over a pair of sunglasses. The alley can be found between S Olive St and S Hill St. It still looks similar to how it appeared in the film and remains a well-preserved gem for filming location fans in Los Angeles. This is the view facing toward W 6th St.

LOCATION: Mercury Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (GPS coordinates: 34.046659, -118.254647)

Here is where the garbage cans were located.

Here is where Nada gives Frank a back suplex off the wall.

Here is where the garbage truck is seen, facing toward W 7th St.

The bank where Nada delivers the immortal line, “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum” was filmed at the A.G. Bartlett Building in Downtown Los Angeles.  The building is currently used for a variety of businesses and lofts.  The property has been seen in countless other films, including “Seven,” “The Mask,” “The Prestige,” “Ghost,” “Bridesmaids” and many more.  This area cannot normally be accessed by pedestrians, so we were unable to match up the exact shot.  However, portions of the inside are still visible from the street in a couple areas through the windows.

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LOCATION: 650 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Parking in Downtown L.A. can be expensive and many of the locations of “They Live” are within walking distance of one another, so be sure to do your research if you plan on visiting, in order to avoid looping back around the same areas.

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Mallrats (1995)

The 1995 Kevin Smith film “Mallrats” was mostly filmed in Minnesota, with some scenes filmed in Smith’s native New Jersey. The key location of the movie, the Eden Prairie Center Mall, has since been heavily remodeled and no longer appears how it did in the film. It is located at 8251 Flying Cloud Dr, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.

The “dirt mall” where TS Quint and Brodie, played by Jeremy London and Jason Lee respectively, meet a topless fortune teller, has since been demolished. It was formerly located at 17 US-1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.

Another filming location for the movie can be found in Los Angeles, California. The location of the house of Brandi, played by Claire Forlani, is confusing because two different places were used and depending on which cut of the film you see, different houses appear. The extended cut of the film features the original location in Minnesota, where a news crew waits outside as TS visits with Brodie. After the original movie opening performed poorly with test audiences, the opening was reshot in Los Angeles.

For the shorter, theatrical cut, a totally different home was featured, where TS meets Brandi alone and tries unsuccessfully to take her on a trip to Florida. This is the Los Angeles location of the reshoot scene. Hedges have since been planted along the front of the property, obscuring much of the house.

LOCATION: 414 S Rimpau Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90020

In the Mallrats audio commentary for the theatrical version, Smith confirms the scene was shot long after the original footage and was indeed filmed in Los Angeles. The location is omitted altogether from the extended cut of the film, in favor of the original footage. The Minnesota location of Brandi’s house, which is only seen in close-up shots, has yet to be found.

At the end of the film, TS and Brandi are married at the Jaws ride, supposedly at Universal Studios Florida. The scene was instead filmed at the Jaws ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.

LOCATION: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

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The Grifters (1990)

The 1990 film “The Grifters,” directed by Stephen Frears, was shot primarily in Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona. Lilly, played by Anjelica Houston, visits her son Roy, played by John Cusack, at his apartment in Los Angeles. Roy’s apartment is actually a composite of two locations. For the wide shots and the scene where Roy is taken away in an ambulance, the Bryson Apartments were used. The same apartment can be seen in the film “Magnolia.” For closer shots, the Asbury Apartments, located at 2505 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, were used.

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LOCATION: 2701 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

The apartment where Roy’s girlfriend Myra, played by Annette Bening, lives has since been demolished. It was formerly located at 692 S Mariposa Ave Los Angeles, CA 90005.

Lilly places bets on horses at a race track, supposedly located La Jolla. The real location can actually be found in Phoenix. As she’s leaving, her angry boss Bobo comes to visit her. The location appears again later in the film when Myra spies on Lilly.

LOCATION: 1501 W Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85023

After Lilly discovers she is in danger, she gets a motel room, supposedly located in Phoenix. Myra follows her there, planning to kill her. Ironically, despite other scenes actually filming in Phoenix, the motel chosen by the production instead shot in Santa Clarita, California. The same motel was featured in the Britney Spears film “Crossroads,” as well as the TV shows “Too Old To Die Young” and “Westworld.”

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LOCATION: 12117 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita, CA 91390

Roy is summoned to Phoenix to identify a body and is taken to the Phoenix City Hall. These scenes were filmed at the Maricopa County Courthouse in Phoenix. The entrance Roy is seen entering can be found on the west side of the building, facing what is now the courtyard area.

LOCATION: 125 W Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Ghost In The Shell (2017)

In the 2017 live action adaption of the classic manga “Ghost In The Shell,” Major Mira Killian, played by Scarlett Johansson, rides this motorcycle as she searches for Hideo Kuze. The motorcycle is a custom Honda, inspired by the original manga. It could be found on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, which ran an exhibit entitled “Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles Of Science Fiction and Fantasy” from May 2019 through May 2020.

LOCATION: Peterson Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036